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43 million plays earns songwriter $2,700 on Pandora

43 million plays earns songwriter $2,700 on Pandora
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The future of streaming music is shining bright for you and me - we can listen to almost any song or album practically any time we want, and anywhere we want. But for the musicians making our favorite hits, the outlook is a lot bleaker.

If you've turned on your TV or radio AT ALL over the last six months, I’m sure you've heard the mega-hit pop song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. You would think he's probably earned a fortune of that song, but it certainly didn't come from Pandora. It's sad.

The streaming music service played the song 43 million times. I'll let you go ahead and guess how much revenue that brought in.

Next page: How much did he earn?
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